Increased PRF for Pulsed Power

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-06-M-0084
Agency Tracking Number: O053-D05-1139
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD05-D05
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
PO Box 341149, Austin, TX, 78734
DUNS: 014739655
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jon R Mayes
 principal investigator
 (512) 264-1804
Business Contact
 jon mayes
Title: president
Phone: (512) 264-1804
Research Institution
Pulsed power generators designed for driving High Power Microwave sources have generally been limited to resonant transformers and Marx generators, with each offering advantages and disadvantages. Both methods deliver high voltages with large amounts of energy, but the transformer-based method is large in volume, requires transformer oil and delivers pulses with slow rise times, while the Marx generator-based method typically requires a large number of components and is difficult to design for trapezoidal wave shapes. Each method is binary in operation - they work or they do not work - there is no graceful failure in either design. This proposal presents a novel Marx generator-based concept that overcomes the part-count issue, via a modular design, as well as the wave shaping problem, via sequential pulse delivery common with railgun power supplies. Furthermore, since the proposed design is based on a parallel generator topology, the system offers temporal agility, impedance agility and graceful failure.

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